I am the type of psychiatrist that is truly interested in you and your story. I strive to really understand the strengths, weakness, experiences, and challenges you bring to treatment. I strive to be trauma-informed, kind, and provide a space where you can truly be heard. This is the therapeutic relationship and the foundation of my practice. It is also a mutual though professional relationship where as I recognize the unique person you are, there will be times where you recognize that we doctors are human too. I always encourage kind, yet honest feedback so we can continue to work on the best possible treatment plan for you even if this means referral to another provider. My focus on the therapeutic relationship also means that while pharmaceutical medications are part of my toolbox to help, it is not my main focus. This is also means that I strive to spend time with my patients where at minimum, brief, focused supportive therapy is always provided. I also provide extended psychotherapy if that is what you need or if you are already receiving regular therapy, I am happy to collaborate with your therapist. I greatly value the therapeutic relationship, using psychotherapy, and other lifestyle and holistic tools to help. I am also happy to collaborate with other professionals in your healthcare team if appropriate for best possible outcomes. I am currently pursuing additional training in Integrative Psychiatry which means complementary and holistic approaches are now continually being added to my treatment toolbox.
Dr. Veguilla started her career at the University of IL where she went to medical school. She then went out to Baltimore where she studied at Johns Hopkins and obtained a Masters in Public Health. Afterwards, she went to Boston to do her residency training at Boston University Medical Center. This was followed by a Women's Mental Health Fellowship through Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Program in conjunction with the Boston VA with Psychosocial Oncology training at Harvard's Dana Farber Cancer Institute. After her training, Dr. Veguilla has worked in a variety of roles and settings including being Medical Director of an Addiction Recovery Partial Hospital Program at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, working with veterans at Hines VA, as well as her on-going work at Northwestern Medicine Central Dupage Hospital doing psychiatry consultations in their Chemical Dependency Unit. Finally, in addition to being a psychiatrist, Dr. Veguilla is a wife, mother of 2 wonderful, very energetic kids and a cute, furry Shih-tzu dog, amateur writer and creative thinker.